Al Franken still does comedy

Democrats are getting even more powerful

He is considered one of the most vicious critics of former US President George W. Bush: Al Franken, former TV comedy star and Democratic candidate in the US state of Minnesota in the last election. Almost eight months after the official outcome of the election and a long-running dispute over the election result, the State Supreme Court declared the Democratic candidate the winner on Tuesday (June 30, 2009).

The US Senate is now even more clearly ruled by the Democrats

After several reviews and recounts of the election, the court unanimously found that Al Franken received more votes in the November 4, 2008 vote than his opponent, Republican incumbent Norm Coleman. After the last recount of around 2.9 million votes, Franconia has a wafer-thin lead of 312 votes over the Republican candidate.

Democrats can end debates.

This results in an important strategic advantage for the Democrats: A majority of 60 votes in the 100-member Senate in Washington means that the Republicans can no longer use the so-called "filibuster". Debates are dragged on and on, thus preventing legislative votes. With the votes of 60 senators, the end of a debate can be forced.

Opponent Coleman congratulates

He has a good laugh: With a clear majority of his party in the Senate, Barack Obama gets more support for his politics

A message that US President Barack Obama immediately commented. In a statement from the White House, he announced that he was delighted to be working with Franken on such important issues as health policy and energy. Coleman, who theoretically could still call the US Supreme Court in Washington, said he would respect the court ruling in Minnesota. He congratulated Franconia on his victory and will no longer take legal action against the Democrat's election victory. (mbö / mag / dpa)